Last Minute Hospital List

Well we are officially on the last minute hospital list (LMHL) now after signing the paperwork earlier this morning!

For those that don’t know what that means it is a list our agency has that you can choose to be part of after waiting for at least a year for a placement. If a birth mother calls the agency during labor or after from the hospital then it becomes a last minute situation. The profiles that they show her then are only those from the last minute hospital list that live within four hours of driving. In our area that could mean greater odds of being chosen since there are fewer profiles to select from. It could also mean that we could get a call any day and be parents.

There are downsides to a match that is last minute as well since the birth mother has not had the same counseling that other birth mothers would have but it has the same chances of whether or not she will change her mind or not after relinquishment. If you have any questions about what this might mean please feel free to ask.  Here is to hoping that it won’t be much longer until we have a child to cuddle and love on!

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Researching Birth Announcements

I am such a planner and really like to have things ready and done before they need to be, especially when it comes to things for the adoption it seems. I have been looking online and seeing all kinds of announcements for an adoption and I like so many of them that it is hard to decide what I will use when it comes time to make them.

I know a big part of it will be pictures of our little one and us but otherwise I am trying to think of sayings and what I want it to look like. Plus there is the ever important when should we send them out. We obviously will not send out birth announcements until at least after relinquishment but then there is also the option of waiting until after finalization to send out the announcement. Waiting for finalization might mean waiting a little longer but at that point the baby’s name on the birth certificate will be finished and we will legally be the parents finally. The only downside of waiting is that we would be waiting and neither Andy nor I are patient people, especially when we are excited about something.

Either way most people will definitely be seeing the first pictures of our family’s addition via Facebook since Andy and I will not be able to keep ourselves from sharing!

What are your preferences on when you want to see the announcement of our newest family member?

Here are some examples I have found on pinterest:

– Having an picture of us with him/her and the words It’s Official!

– He/She was already ours, we simply had to bring him/her home

– Born on XX/XX/XXXX, Matched on XX/XX/XXXX, Forever a Family XX/XX/XXXX with the dates all there

– So worth the wait!

Pinterest Adoption Account

So I held off for a while on creating a pinterest account for the adoption because I wasn’t really sure what I would put in it or what to really include. Over the last couple weeks though I have given in to my desire to pin things and created a separate account. I looked at some boards of friends that are also going through adoption to see what they pinned and then also created some other boards that I had thought about.

While pinterest isn’t really a tool to try and find a potential birth mother that will choose us for an adoption I do see it as a great way for them to get to know us better if they find our profile online. It gives a little more info and is easier to see who we are and what type of parents we want to be by looking at our account.

If you have time take a look and see what we have done so far or you can start following us as well if you would like. Hope everyone is having an otherwise great day!

Pinterest Account

P.S. If you think of a board that we haven’t created and would be good to have on there let me know and I will start a new one and pin away 🙂

Weekend Activities

This weekend in addition to going to Babies R Us to pick up a few extra things that we want to have before we bring home a baby we also did some things around the house for the baby. Friday night we bought some plain white onesies, baby shampoo, baby laundry detergent, hats, socks, mittens (so they don’t scratch their face), a boppy pillow, mattress covers, bassinet sheets/covers, and a couple of other outfits we thought were cute. It was one of our last big shopping trips we would need before we have a placement so it was nice to get it done and out of the way. Everything else for shopping is now extra and not needed the first night we would come home!

Today after we ran some errands and went to a car show we decided to do somethings around the house for the baby room. We put up a wall decal that we have had for a while, finally painted the side table for by the glider, and painted the letters for the reading corner. I have posted some pictures of the work in progress below and will show them in the room when we finish it. The room is definitely coming together at this point and now we only have a few more things to get done and we will be ready to sit and wait!

Andy spray painting

Andy spray painting

Finished letters

Finished letters

Decal on the wall

Decal on the wall

Close up of the decal

Close up of the decal

The side table before

The side table before

Finished table

Finished table